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The Classics 020
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TITLE: The Classics 020 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Sony Legacy vinyl reissue of Foo Fighters’ debut album.. DATE: 11-02-15 WRITER: Bill Adams It feels strange to be discussing the twentieth anniversary of Foo Fighters’ debut album now – just months after Universal Music Enterprises celebrated the same anniversary for the release of Nirvana’s In Utero album. It seems weird because, while the original releases of those albums were only twenty-two months apart, they feel as...

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Monday, 02 November 2015
The Classics 019
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TITLE: The Classics 019 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into a vinyl copy of Milo Goes To College by the Descendents. DATE: 10-24-15 WRITER: Bill Adams Fans and critics have been arguing which punk band has been the most influential for decades, but the decision has yet to be made. Claims have been made that The Clash are the most important group to punk because they made so many crossovers into the mainstream, while others that punk rock...

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Saturday, 24 October 2015
Vinyl Vlog 093
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 093 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into a vinyl copy of Gone by the Dawn by Shannon & The Clams DATE: 10-23-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman Shannon and the Clams are one of the greatest gems to have come out of the garage rock/punk mine recently. I know acts like Nobunny, Black Lips and King Khan get all the attention and that’s fine with me; there’s just more Shannon and the Clams left for me to...

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Friday, 23 October 2015
Vinyl Vlog 092
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 092 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Fish & Chips EP by Harrington Saints DATE: 10-15-15 WRITER: Bill Adams The coolest thing about Harrington Saints’ new EP is the fact that, unless you were tipped off and are expecting what the band has in store (like, if you already read this review – for example), you won’t be expecting to get your mind blown or your face melted. The reason for that really is...

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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Vinyl Vlog 091
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 091 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into a vinyl copy of Magick Spells by Gateway Drugs. DATE: 10-12-15 WRITER: Bill Adams The idea that a change of something as seemingly inconsequential as the format on which an album is presented (be it CD, cassette, vinyl record or mp3) can change the listening experience completely may seem unbelievable, but that does not mean it isn’t true and cannot happen. Of course the medium (format) that one...

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Monday, 12 October 2015
I Wanna Be Literated! 091
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TITLE: I Wanna Be Literated! 091 A critical evaluation of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown DATE: 10-09-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman Peanut butter and jelly, gin and tonic, books and fireplaces. I couldn’t help but get excited whenOctavia’s Brood got announced because it was combining two things I love: anarchism and science fiction. So of course I had high hoped for this book, which collects short stories blending science fiction (or...

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Friday, 09 October 2015
Vinyl Vlog 090
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 090 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the die cut US Mail single by Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One. DATE: 10-09-15 WRITER: Bill Adams I’m rarely impressed by die cut vinyl releases. I mean, sure – oddly shaped music-playing vinyl is neat to look at, but that just can’t be all it is for me; I need good music to come out of it when the needle touches it because the music is the important...

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Friday, 09 October 2015
I Wanna Be Literated! 090
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TITLE: I Wanna Be Literated! 090 A critical evaluation of Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe DATE: 09-30-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman Ever encountered a book that you “get” as soon as you read the first page? Hell, I’ll go a step further and say that Rat Queens might even be a book you could accurately judge by its cover, which has four mythical female creatures fighting a dragon on it – if you didn’t notice....

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
I Wanna Be Literated! 089
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TITLE: I Wanna Be Literated! 089 A critical evaluation of Alex + Ada Volume 2 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn DATE: 09-16-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman If there’s one thing I can say for sure, it’s that Alex + Ada has a lot of potential. Touching on subjects like sentience, robotics, ethics and morals, the developments and ideas discussed in this book are most certainly thought-provoking and are worthwhile if we want to learn more about ourselves as a society and as...

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The Classics 018
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TITLE: The Classics 018 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into a 1978-issued copy of Van Halen’s self-titled debut album. DATE: 08-30-15 WRITER: Bill Adams The thing about albums which are truly progressive (to be clear, I’m referring to albums which break new ground – not necessarily prog rock albums) is that their impact on pop music as a whole takes a bit of time to really register; sure, there’s a chance that they might break through, win fans...

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Sunday, 30 August 2015